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No role in the remake

Contrary to reports, Amitabh Bachchan — who played the iconic cop Vijay in Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer in 1973 — won’t be making an appearance in the remake.

Clarifying any rumours, director Apoorva Lakhia says, “Although it would be an honour for any film-maker to have India’s most iconic actor in his film, Amitji won’t be playing a role in Zanjeer. That would put extra pressure on Ramcharan Teja, who plays the angry cop that Amitji had played in the original Zanjeer.”

Apoorva fondly recalls an incident from ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’, the last film in which he had directed Big B and Sanjay Dutt. “In the dialogue, Dutt had to say a Hindi cussword to Amitji. Dutt refused, but Amitji insisted. However, when it was time to say the dialogue, Dutt just couldn’t utter the word in front of Amitji although Amitji kept encouraging him.
Finally, we had to change the word. That’s the level of Amitji’s commitment and professionalism,” recalls the director.

He admits that he would have loved to have the mega star in his film.

“I’d have given anything to have him in my Zanjeer. But that was not meant to be. The Bachchans have always supported me in every endeavour,” he adds. When Zanjeer hit the screens in 1973, it turned out to be Amitabh’s first blockbuster and after that, there was no looking back for him.

Apoorva says, “The original Zanjeer was a turning-point in not just Amitji’s life and career, but several others (as well). I’d have loved to have him in Zanjeer and he’d have somehow accommodated my ardent wish.

However, it would have been unfair to put Amitji in an uncomfortable situation by asking him to do this for me.”

And the trailer’s out!

Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol, along with their co-stars in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 —  Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva and Johny Lever — recently unveiled the theatrical promo of the movie. Director Sangeeth Sivan was also present on the occasion. Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 comprises of comedy, action and romance. The twisted trio, Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol are back with a bang; except that this time around, they are funnier, crazier and make tigers look like whimpering cats.

The sequel of the hit film, directed by Sangeeth Sivan, follows their adventures in the UK, where they get into fresh trouble.

‘Ranbir is still possessive about me’

Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor — who made news for their romantic commitments in 2008 and then once again for their bitter break-up a couple of years later — might have buried the hatchet when deciding to do Karan Johar’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani together. However, it’s evident that the ex-couple still share a strong connection. The trailer of the film, which was revealed recently, show the two stars sharing some great moments on-screen. In fact, the chemistry between them — which was visible in their 2008 film Bachna Ae Haseeno — is palpable.

One would assume that it was uncomfortable for the two to work together after such a bitter break-up but they seem to have managed the situation very gracefully.
   In fact, while the duo were promoting the film, they were often asked about whether sharing screen space and spending time together on the sets of the film was awkward.

However, both insist that they have moved on and weren’t worried about it. In fact, Deepika has gone as far as to say that her ex-boyfriend is still possessive about her.
 “Ranbir is still possessive about me. He doesn’t like me talking about others,” she says.
She also adds, “We did all the permutations and the chemical combination was tested before we agreed to do the film (sic),” implying that she gave the project a lot of thought before taking it up.

‘Special’ character for Neil

Neil Nitin Mukesh has always pushed the boundaries as far as his roles are concerned. He portrayed a characters with gray shades in Johnny Gaddar and experimented with something different once again with his latest, the horror thriller ‘3G’. And now, the actor is going to portray yet another character that’s out of the box — he will be seen as an encounter specialist in Dussehra.

Apparently, this film revolves around a particular case that the specialist is walking on. And despite the title of the film, it will span a period of a few months, rather than a single festival.

“Dussehra is a film about an encounter specialist who is working on a case. It obviously takes him a longer time (than just the festival). So, it’s a story from Holi till Dasara. The investigation starts from Holi,” the 31-year-old actor explains.

The cast and crew of the film had a great time shooting the portions related to Holi. Ravi Kishan, who also plays a pivotal role in the film, recounts the great times he’s had during the festival. “I make bhaang in the morning. I learned it from my father and whoever drinks it won’t be able to get up for at least two or three days; I make really lovely bhaang. Then, I play Holi with kids,” he says and adds that he and his friends gather on his terrace to play with colours. Directed by Manish Vatsalya, Dussehra also stars Tena Desae.